- Judge approves for $338M oil train settlement Updated: Oct-09-15 5:58 pm
PORTLAND, Maine - A U.S. bankruptcy judge on Friday approved a $338 million settlement fund for victims of the fiery 2013 oil train derailment that claimed 47 lives in Quebec, clearing the way for payments to victims by year's end.
- More, smaller icebergs could show up in Alaska tanker lanes Updated: Oct-09-15 4:23 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Icebergs that threaten tankers carrying oil from the trans-Alaska pipeline are likely to be smaller but more numerous over the next two decades, according to a study by a citizens oversight group.
- Judge wants quicker decision on energy lease near Glacier Updated: Oct-09-15 3:54 pm
BILLINGS, Montana - A federal judge ordered the U.S. government to speed up its consideration of a long-stalled drilling proposal near Glacier National Park and said he won't tolerate further delay caused by "bureaucratic gobbledygook."
- ND delegation applauds House vote to lift ban on oil exports Updated: Oct-09-15 2:19 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - Members of North Dakota's congressional delegation are pleased the U.S. House has approved a bill to lift a 40-year U.S. ban on crude oil exports.
- Hundreds testify on oil terminals proposed for Grays Harbor Updated: Oct-09-15 1:54 pm
ABERDEEN, Washington - A few hundred people turned out to testify at a hearing on two oil terminals proposed at the Port of Grays Harbor in Hoquiam.
- Equipment malfunction causes explosion at Washington dam Updated: Oct-09-15 12:33 pm
SPOKANE, Washington - An electrical equipment malfunction caused an explosion at a hydroelectric dam on Washington's Columbia River that injured six workers, utility officials said Friday.
- 2 of 3 workers killed in pipeline explosion identified Updated: Oct-09-15 12:31 pm
GIBSON, Louisiana - A maintenance company has released the names of two of the three people killed in a pipeline explosion in Terrebonne Parish.
- Judge denies environmentalists' intervention in Exxon case Updated: Oct-09-15 11:53 am
TRENTON, New Jersey - A Democratic state senator and environmental groups cannot intervene in the state's $225 million settlement with Exxon Mobil over contaminated gas stations and other sites, a New Jersey judge ruled Friday.
- Judge to rule whether Iowa pipeline lawsuit can go forward Updated: Oct-09-15 11:14 am
CHEROKEE, Iowa - A judge says he'll rule soon on whether a lawsuit filed by three landowners in the path of a proposed oil pipeline can proceed against the Iowa Utilities Board.
- Shamrock Proppants shuts down indefinitely in mid-Missouri Updated: Oct-09-15 11:01 am
MEXICO, Missouri - Operations have been shut down at a central Missouri plant that makes materials used in fracking.
- US wholesale stockpiles rise in August, but sales fall Updated: Oct-09-15 10:09 am
WASHINGTON - Cheaper oil and less demand for autos and machinery weighed on wholesalers in August, as their inventories edged up just slightly while sales dropped.
- Johnston power plant sells for $490M Updated: Oct-09-15 8:09 am
JOHNSTON, Rhode Island - A natural gas-fired power plant in Johnston has been sold to a private equity firm for nearly half a billion dollars.
- Gas pipeline from Romania to Moldova to be built in 2016 Updated: Oct-09-15 6:50 am
CHISINAU, Moldova - A Moldovan government official says work on a pipeline that will transport natural gas from Romania to the Moldovan capital will begin next year.
- New Mexico grants approval for Xcel solar purchase Updated: Oct-09-15 5:31 am
ROSWELL, New Mexico - New Mexico utility regulators have cleared the way for Xcel Energy to buy solar power from two generating stations that will be built near Roswell.
- California to phase out microbeads used in soaps, toothpaste Updated: Oct-08-15 9:31 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Thursday requiring California to phase out the use of microscopic exfoliating beads in personal care products sold in the state starting in 2020 to protect fish and wildlife.
- California oil regulators acknowledge oversight failings Updated: Oct-08-15 8:58 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - Oil and gas regulators in and around Los Angeles routinely failed to carry out much of the oversight required to keep federally protected drinking-water aquifers from oilfield contamination, an internal review by those state regulators concluded Thursday.
- Governor signs bills in aftermath of Santa Barbara oil spill Updated: Oct-08-15 8:52 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Gov. Jerry Brown signed three bills Thursday aimed at preventing oil spills, minimizing the damage they cause and speeding cleanups in the wake of a pipeline rupture that poured more than 100,000 gallons of crude on the Santa Barbara coast in May.
- Walker makes pitch for opening ANWR to Obama administration Updated: Oct-08-15 8:24 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Gov. Bill Walker has lobbied members of President Barack Obama's administration on opening up parts of an Alaska refuge to oil drilling.
- Officials: Gas facility explosion leaves 3 workers dead Updated: Oct-08-15 7:16 pm
GIBSON, Louisiana - An explosion at a Louisiana natural gas facility Thursday left three workers dead and two seriously injured, police said.
- Gubernatorial candidates make pitches to coal group Updated: Oct-08-15 6:54 pm
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway tried to reinforce his friend-of-coal credentials Thursday, pledging to promote the industry and look for tax incentives to boost production as he distanced himself from a president routinely blamed for coal's downturn.
- California grooms utility giants to compete against Big Oil Updated: Oct-08-15 6:38 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - California wants more drivers to dump the pump.
- Teams looking to convert carbon to use planned lab at plant Updated: Oct-08-15 6:36 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Teams in a $20 million competition to discover new ways to trap and use carbon dioxide will use a planned research facility at a Wyoming power plant, the governor announced Thursday.
- Experts say clean power available as regional energy changes Updated: Oct-08-15 5:48 pm
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vermont - Clean hydro-electricity from Canada is available for use in New England if producers can find ways to bring it into the region, experts said Thursday at an annual meeting of the Renewable Energy Vermont trade group.
- Lawsuit wants plans mandated for dealing with big oil spills Updated: Oct-08-15 5:36 pm
TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan - An environmental group sued the federal government Thursday, contending it gives pipeline owners and operators a free pass on developing legally required plans for dealing with oil spills into lakes, rivers and other inland waterways.
- Utility filing puts number on cost of solar customers Updated: Oct-08-15 5:10 pm
PHOENIX - Arizona's largest electricity utility on Thursday put hard numbers on the costs it contends solar customers aren't paying to maintain the power grid.